Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination
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What Happened at Camp Lejeune?
In 1982, testing revealed that three separate water distribution systems that supplied water to Camp Lejeune including Hadnot Point, Tarawa Terrace and Holcomb Boulevard were highly contaminated with toxic chemicals. Between August 1953 and December 1987, as many as one million service members, civilians, and their families who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune and the surrounding area including Camp Geiger and MCAS New River were exposed to toxic chemicals in polluted drinking water.
What was known About the Camp Lejeune Toxic Water and when?
In 1980, the Environmental Protection Agency required testing as part of a new federal mandate, despite a push by the Department of Defense to exempt the base. The U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency reported that the water was highly contaminated.
In the early 1980s, several testing groups found chemicals known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Some levels were hundreds or even thousands of times what the EPA classifies as safe.
What illnesses may have been caused by the Camp Lejeune toxic water?
The Veterans Administration reports that “scientific and medical evidence has shown an association between exposure to contaminants at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and the development of certain diseases later on.” Those diseases include several types of cancers such as bladder cancer, kidney cancer, & breast cancer, in addition to other health-related conditions including miscarriages and female infertility.
Who is eligible to file a Camp Lejeune claim?
Anyone who lived or served at Camp Lejeune, or the surrounding areas including MCAS New River and Camp Geiger, for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987.
Survivors of those who died as a result of the water contamination may also be eligible to file a claim for wrongful death.
What is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022?
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is a new Federal Law that allows impacted veterans, military, civilians, and family members who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune to bring legal action against the U.S. government for toxic water exposure at the base. To know more about the new Act and how a legal claim could potentially affect current disability & VA benefits.
How do I know if I have a Camp Lejeune legal Claim?
The easiest way to determine if you may have a legal claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is to utilize our Free Case Review below. By answering a couple of very simple questions about your situation, you can easily find out if you may qualify. From there, we can also help you get connected with an experienced law firm who specializes in these types of claims.